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After a complaint about Club policies, both sides pro and con got to State their opinion. This decision could affect the club and divide the club. Now that both sides have had their say the president is now campaigning and sending propaganda information to the executive she's making her side known. Is the president allowed to influence the outcome of a decision.

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Sure, so far as RONR is concerned. Parliamentary procedure governs what goes on at meetings. Politicking outside of meetings is not governed by it. 

The General did give some advice on the subject. The point of that advice was that democratic societies must learn the following principle: when a decision has been made, those who disagreed should join in the work of executing the desire of the majority, while also looking forward to the day when the decision can be reversed. 

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16 hours ago, Guest Sharon said:

After a complaint about Club policies, both sides pro and con got to State their opinion. This decision could affect the club and divide the club. Now that both sides have had their say the president is now campaigning and sending propaganda information to the executive she's making her side known. Is the president allowed to influence the outcome of a decision.

I concur with Mr. Katz that no rule in RONR prevents the President from attempting to influence members outside of a meeting. When the meeting itself arrives and the issue is debated further and voted on, the President should maintain the appearance of impartiality while presiding, unless it will be a meeting of a committee or small board (not more than about a dozen members present), in which event the chairman is free to speak in debate.

If the assembly feels that the President’s campaigning on this matter has critically undermined his appearance of impartiality, the rules may be suspended by a 2/3 vote to remove him from the chair.

16 hours ago, Joshua Katz said:

The General did give some advice on the subject. The point of that advice was that democratic societies must learn the following principle: when a decision has been made, those who disagreed should join in the work of executing the desire of the majority, while also looking forward to the day when the decision can be reversed. 

Has a decision been made yet? I was under the impression that no vote has yet been taken.

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